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Angels '87 : CHANGING FACES

April 03, 1987

With such players as Bob Boone, Rick Burleson, Bobby Grich and Reggie Jackson gone from last year's team, the Angels will have a younger look as the 1987 season opens.

John Candelaria 45 Pitcher

Candelaria can be one of the most dominating left-handers in the league but for most of last season, he was just another member of the the injury-struck Angel staff. He had cracked calcification of the left elbow and was operated on in April after making one start. He returned to the Angels July 8 and was 10-2. He was the winning pitcher when the Angels clinched the American League West with an 8-3 victory over Texas, Sept. 26. Candelaria, 33, pitched a no-hitter for Pittsburgh in 1976 against the Dodgers.

Stewart Cliburn 33 Pitcher

Two seasons ago, Cliburn looked like the answer to many of the long-term pitching problems of the Angels. He was 9-3 with six saves in 1985 as a rookie, but last season was bothered by a sore right shoulder during spring training and was assigned to Edmonton, where he was 1-2 in 20 games. Cliburn, 30, was on the disabled list from April 22 to July 16 and had arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder last November. This spring, he has been bothered by continuing soreness and might not be on the opening-day roster.

Mike Cook 46 Pitcher

Cook was rushed up to the Angels last July as the search for a fifth starter extended to Midland, the Angels' Double-A team, where he was a midseason All-Star. He wasn't impressive in five games, including a start against the Chicago White Sox July 1. He pitched three innings and gave up five runs and took the loss. Cook, 23, went on to appear four times in relief, compiling an 0-2 record and giving up 12 hits, 12 runs, 9 earned, in 9 innings before being optioned back to Edmonton July 18. He finished 4-1 in nine starts as a Trapper.

Doug DeCinces 11 Third Base

DeCinces is the veteran of an infield that's getting younger each season. He had 5 home runs and 24 RBIs through May last season, but finished with a team-high 26 home runs and was second in RBIs with 96. DeCinces, 36, played in 140 games last season, only three as a designated hitter, and made a career-low 12 errors. He was voted the American League player of the month for August when he hit .337 with 9 home runs and 25 RBIs. DeCinces replaced Brooks Robinson as the Orioles' full-time third baseman in 1977.

Brian Downing 5 DH/Left Field

Downing started his career as a third baseman with the White Sox, moved to catcher, was traded to the Angels and then moved to left field. This season, his 14th, he will be the designated hitter. Downing, 36, hit .267 with a career-high 95 RBIs last season as he played in 152 games. A Cypress College product, he holds the major league record for an outfielder for most consecutive errorless games--244 from May 25, 1981 to July 21, 1983. He committed three errors in 275 chances in 1986.

Gene Mauch 3 Manager

Entering his 26th season as a major league manager, Mauch ranks fifth on the list of games managed (3,781) and eighth in career victories (1,828). Only three men have managed more seasons--Connie Mack (53), John McGraw (33) and Bucky Harris (29). Yet the statistic Mauch is most remembered for is one he'd like to forget: No man has ever managed more seasons without winning a pennant. He came close in 1964 and 1982 and was one pitch away in 1986 before Boston's Dave Henderson helped keep the streak intact. Mauch, 61, has managed the Angels for three full seasons and each produced at least 90 victories. In 1982, heguided the Angels to 93 wins and the AL West title. In 1985, Mauch's Angels won 90 games, finishing one game behind eventual world champion Kansas City, and in 1986, the team won the West again with a 92-70 record. No other Angel manager has won more than 88 games in a season. Mauch was appointed Angel manager on May 22, 1981, succeeding Jim Fregosi, and finished with a 29-34 mark. He won the West the following year but when the Angels blew a 2-0 series lead to Milwaukee in the American League playoffs, Mauch was second-guessed so intensely that he resigned. Mauch spent two years as the Angels' director of player personnel before returning as manager on Oct. 16, 1984. Mauch began his managerial career with Philadelphia in 1960. He managed the Phillies from 1960-68, the Montreal Expos from 1969-75 and the Minnesota Twins from 1976-1980. Mauch was named National League manager of the year in 1973 after leading the Expos to a 79-83 finish. Mauch won the same award with the Phillies in 1962 and 1964.

Chuck Finley 31 Pitcher

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